As Valentine’s Day approaches, WTRF visited with two couples at the Barnesville Health Care Center Wednesday afternoon.
They’ve both been married for more than half a century. They have children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Both couples still profess their love every day. Both of these wives smilingly said they married “younger men.”
In one case, the husband is 97 and the wife is 103. In the other case, the husband is 93 and the wife is 94.
And there’s still a lot of hand-holding and kissing.
“For 77 years, that love is just as good as it was the first day,” said Virgil Danford.
Gladys Danford, Virgil’s wife feels the same love Virgil feels for her.
“Deeply in love,” said Gladys Danford.
She said they have always done everything together, and that would be her advice to young couples.
“Live closely,” said Gladys Danford.
Virgil tucks her in every night in the room they share in the Care Center.
“And then I give her a kiss,” said Virgil Danford. “And she gives me one back.”
“They’re very active and they come to activities together daily,” said Activities Director Lisa Delman. “They come to church every Sunday and sing.”
The couple in the room next door, Robert and Virginia Hunt, have been married 55 years.
He said she retired from home health nursing at age 80, but she really did not want to.
Robert Hunt advises young couples to be kind to one another.
“Behave,” said Robert Hunt. “Get along good with each other. No fighting, no hair pulling, ha, ha!”
“I’ve never heard ’em say cross words to each other,” Virginia Jones, the Hunt’s granddaughter. “Very loving, very kind.”
“And he’ll sit down with her and they’ll take naps and you’ll often see them sitting there holding hands, napping,” said Delman.
Virginia and Robert once had a burglar in the house.
“So she grabbed the gentleman by the back of the head, pulled him downstairs and proceeded to beat him up with the telephone receiver,” said Jones.
As Valentine’s Day approaches, these caring husbands are planning to give of themselves.
“I’ll be here,” said Robert Hunt. “I’m here 24-7 with her.
“The greatest thing that I’ll give is my heart,” said Virgil Danford.
Both couples wanted to emphasize that they go to church.
Virgil Danford said after you have faith, love comes naturally.